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Only know basic excel but I am going to spend a few months learning everything up to VBA (preferably without a mouse). Any general advice I should know before I commit a bunch of time to this?

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Some basic VBA can be pretty easy to learn and only take a week or so to really get down I think. Look up some of the more important things to do in VBA (like opening and saving a workbook, looping through a range, changing formatting) and try to build it into a macro. Also, start recording macros and looking at the code to get a better idea of what it’s doing. Using Excel without a mouse is mostly just an exercise in muscle memory than anything else.


I see, I plan on doing VBA afterwords but would you suggest doing a little VBA contemporaneously so that I connect the two a little more? I actually know so little about VBA I didn't think to consider it

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Instead of VBA learn Python or R. Much more flexible and much more powerful. A couple of months and you will have a lot of knowledge. I picked Python 5 years ago and I don’t regret it at all.


Being able to remove grid lines without the mouse makes you an excel guru


It’s more impactful if you have something you need to do. Learning without application won’t make it stick so I’d suggest you look for opportunities to utilize excel to complete the tasks or to improve something you’re already doing.


Think about it in terms of weeks, not month. Agreed with what others have said here: absolute best way to learn is during a real project where you have some skin in the game. May be a bit nerve-wracking and you won't be as efficient at the beginning, but it'll stick for sure longer term.


Definitely learn the keyboard shortcuts. Hit ALT and then see what the shortcuts are. Well worthwhile over the years. One off the top of my head - shift and space to highlight a row then ALT E D to delete it. Takes 2 seconds.

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